The Man Who Flew into Space from His Apartment (1985) … launched through the ceiling of a Soviet-era apartment, the man leaves behind two shoes. Photograph: © Ilya & Emilia Kabakov

George from Sephora

There was this salesman in Sephora named George who was genuinely interested with my four year-old son: What’s his name? Where did he come from? Was it his first time in the US? He said he was from the Dominican Republic, and that he arrived here two years ago - hence his thick Latino accent. He looked and sounded passionate about his job. He gave my son a parting gift: a Nest Indigo sample, and he said it was great to meet him. My son then whispered to me, in this adorable-kid manner, that people in the US are very kind.